Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY Published 6:50 p.m. ET Sept. 11, 2020 | Updated 1:21 p.m. ET Sept. 13, 2020CLOSE A new book suggests that President Trump understood the threats of the coronavirus even as he told the nation it was no worse than the seasonal flu. USA TODAYWASHINGTON – Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, seemed to be at odds with President Donald Trump on Friday on the status of the coronavirus pandemic as well as the president publicly downplaying it.Appearing on MSNBC, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, answered a question about journalist Bob Woodward’s reporting of Trump acknowledging that he was publicly downplaying the coronavirus while privately acknowledging its severity.’Astonishingly risky’: COVID-19 cases at colleges are fueling the nation’s hottest outbreaksThe president has said he intentionally minimized the danger of COVID-19 to not “create panic.””There were times I was out there telling the American public how difficult this is, how we’re having a really serious problem, you know, and the president was saying it’s something that’s going to disappear, which obviously is not the case. So, there was and is some disagreements in what we say and what comes out in the


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